African Me & Satellite TV-Jo Robinson

Intriguing. The conflict is worth reading. I wanted to keep reading to find out just what was going to become of the foreboding feelings of dread and the foreshadowing constructed in the beginning chapters.  This is a story of a woman diving into depression, shielding herself from the woes of real life, while at the same time being faced with racist, elitist moochers that she can’t stand, but she won’t say a word about it. The book is long and covers a lot of topics, including racism, depression, relationships, and murder. The only reason I put this book down at any time was out of obligation for other parts of life.

The writing is both terrifying and humorous (and the typographical errors were mostly forgivable), woven in a way that brings out understanding for events in a chaotic time and place. I enjoyed numerous details about this book, including the new vocabulary to which I was exposed and the purposeful use of words in particular passages. I actually would say this book is akin to “To Kill a Mockingbird” for its depiction of life amidst Zimbabwe’s land reform policies. We meet characters of all types throughout the tale, Shona employees, white farm managers, racists, and civilized folk, pitted against each other or allied in meaningful ways.

This one receives 4 Stars.  The book was a bit on the long side, and trimming a bit here and there would have lent more momentum to the plot. This could easily have made two books to cover everything the author wanted to cover.


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